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Rural Pride Summit California is September 21-27

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The National Center for Lesbian Rights and California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc. are co-hosting a virtual Rural Pride Summit for California. The Summit will take place over the week of September 21st, with panels, workshops, and discussions happening throughout the week. Participants are welcome to join for any and all of these. Below is a complete schedule of panels, workshops, and discussions.

This Rural Pride Summit is a chance for those living in rural California or who care about issues facing LGBTQ people in rural California to gather, build connections, and share information and resources. All are welcome! Participants and presenters include community members as well as leaders and organizers, legal advocates, legislators, medical professionals, artists, students, and more.

El Centro Nacional por los Derechos de las Lesbianas (NCLR) y Asistencia Legal de California Rural, Inc. (CRLA) copatrocinan una Cumbre Virtual del Orgullo Rural para California. La Cumbre se llevará a cabo durante la semana del 21 de septiembre, con paneles, talleres y discusiones a lo largo de la semana. Los participantes pueden unirse a todos y cada uno de estos eventos. A continuación se muestra un calendario completo de paneles, talleres y discusiones.

Esta cumbre del Orgullo Rural es para quienes viven en las zonas rurales de California o que se preocupan por los problemas que se enfrentan las personas LGBTQ ahí. Es una oportunidad de reunirse, establecer conexiones y compartir información y recursos. ¡Todos son bienvenidos! Los participantes y presentadores incluyen miembros de la comunidad, así como líderes y organizadores, defensores legales, legisladores, profesionales medicos, artistas, estudiantes y más.


We also want to thank our co-sponsors, who made this event possible:

The Source LGBT+ Center
Fresno EOC LGBTQ+ Resource Center
Equality California
Legal Services of Northern California
Impact Fund
Fresno State Cross Cultural and Gender Center
Queer Hmong Intersectional Pride
Movement Advancement Project


Below is the schedule for the Rural Pride Summit for California. Some events may not yet have a date and time – please check this page or register to receive updates as those times are finalized.

Panels, workshops, and discussions will happen using Zoom.

Monday, September 21st

4 PM – Funders Panel (1 hour)

Moderators: Alex Lee (Funders for LGBTQ Issues), Ming Wong (National Center for Lesbian Rights)
Panelists: Desiree Flores (Arcus Foundation), Ryan Li Dahlstrom (Borealis Philanthropy), Marlon Cuellar (California Endowment)

Tuesday, September 22nd

4 PM – Online Space for Youth (1 hour)
Hosts: Jacob Agamao (Epicenter) and Sam Gomez (Epicenter)

Wednesday, September 23rd

6 PM – Racial Justice Panel (1 hour)
Panelists: Nick Vargas, Marivel Servin, Michael Piña, Sophia Bautista
Moderator: Ming Wong

Thursday, September 24th

3 PM – Community Narratives: Immigrants (2 hours)
Facilitator: Vasmer Vang
Speakers: Vanna Nauk, Alex Jurado, Carla Lopez, Beatriz Guerrero

5:30 PM – Drag Artist Dialogue (1 hour)
Speakers: Leilani Price, Savun Sean, Priscilla McNamara

Friday, September 25th

11 AM – Community Narratives: Over 50 (1 hour)
This session is cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience. We hope to organize a standalone event focusing on LGBTQ people over 50 in rural communities in the future.

1 PM – Know Your Rights: Employment and Housing (1 hour)
Presenters: California Rural Legal Assistance Staff

4 PM – Legislators Panel (1 hour)
Moderator: Tami Martin (Equality California)
Panelists: Sen. Scott Wiener (State Senate District 11), Asm. Todd Gloria (78th Assembly District), Asm. Robert Rivas (30th Assembly District)

6 PM – Healthcare (2 hours)
Moderator: Zoyer Zyndel (Trans-E-Motion)
Panelists: Dr. Jen Hastings (Santa Cruz), Dr. Kathleen Kearns (Modesto), Dr. Julie Nicole (Fresno)

Saturday, September 26th

11 AM – Film Discussion: Ahead of the Curve (1 hour)
NOTE: Registered participants will receive an e-mail link to view the documentary Ahead of the Curve any time during the week of the summit, ahead of the panel discussion.
Panelists: Rivkah Beth Medow (producer), Jen Rainin (director), Franco Stevens (founder, Curve magazine), Andrea Pino-Silva, Kim Katrin, additional panelists TBD.

1 PM – Know Your Rights: Family Law (1 hour)
Presenters: Michelle Hatherley (Hatherley Family Law), Ming Wong (National Center for Lesbian Rights)

2 PM – Online Space for Youth (1 hour)(NOTE: START TIME FOR THIS SESSION CHANGED FROM 3PM to 2PM)
Hosts: Jacob Agamao (Epicenter) and Sam Gomez (Epicenter)

3 PM – Mental Health Services Providers (1 hour)
Facilitator: Asaf Orr (NCLR)
Presenters: Timothy Gallemore, Henry Meraz, LCSW. Additional presenters TBD.

Sunday, September 27th

12 PM – Community Narratives: Youth and Schools (2 hours)
Facilitator: Marinarde Soto
Speakers: Chali Lee, Kevin Cortes

5 PM – Community Narratives: Trans* (2 hours)
Facilitator: Dr. Kat Fobear
Speakers: Zoyer Zyndel, Zayn Anthony, Alex Sanchez, Angel Gonzales

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